More than 100 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. At Apex Wellness in Newark, New Jersey, and Kansas City, Kansas, Nima Patel, PT, DPT, and Janel Jones, PT, DPT, offer customized diabetes management plans that keep you in control of your blood sugar. The team also provides wellness services through telehealth available throughout the United States to help you modify your lifestyle, so you improve your overall health and reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Contact Apex Wellness by phone or online to learn more about diabetes management services.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body processes the sugar (glucose) you get from your diet. In a healthy body, the hormone insulin converts sugar into the energy your cells need to function optimally.
When you have diabetes, this process doesn’t happen properly. The glucose stays in your bloodstream, building to levels high enough to cause other health complications.
There are different types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes develops when your body isn’t producing insulin needed to convert sugar into energy, causing your blood sugar levels to remain high.
This condition may result from an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to mistakenly destroy cells in your pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or doesn’t properly use the insulin it does make, to keep your blood sugar under control.
This type of diabetes is often the result of a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Prediabetes describes a condition where your blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes also results from an unhealthy lifestyle and increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. Throughout pregnancy, your blood sugar levels remain elevated, but they usually return to normal after childbirth.
Diagnosing diabetes involves a simple blood test to measure your blood sugar levels. Dr. Jones and Dr. Patel offer on-site blood tests to confirm diabetes.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation if you have a family history of diabetes or if you experience symptoms like:
You may also need routine diabetes screenings if you have risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, such as obesity, poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle.
At Apex Wellness, Dr. Jones and Dr. Patel work closely with you to ensure your diabetes is under control.
Type 1 diabetes involves daily insulin and several blood sugar level checks. The doctors can also provide guidance for improving your diet to manage your diabetes.
Treating prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes often starts with lifestyle modifications to help you lose weight, improve your nutrition, and get you started on a daily exercise plan. If these changes aren’t enough to control Type 2 diabetes, you may also need medications.
If you need help managing diabetes, schedule a consultation online or by calling Apex Wellness today.